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When it comes to changing the behaviors that can hold you back as a leader, it takes more than just learning new information. Amanda Blake, Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Staci K. Haines of the Strozzi Institute explore what science reveals about the importance of “social, emotional and biological learning,” and offer practical examples of “feeling, centering,” and “presence” in action to illustrate how a biologically-based “somatic” approach can help create better leaders. getAbstract recommends this report to those interested in leadership development techniques.

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Amanda Blake, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, and Staci K. Haines are members of the Strozzi Institute, which is dedicated to creating leaders who embody wisdom, skillful action and grounded compassion.



Recent neuroscience studies reveal that, when it comes to developing leadership skills, a biologically-based “somatic” approach can yield impressive results. While the typical approach to leadership development emphasizes intellectual learning, neuroscience shows how “implicit memory” created by “biological…responses to sensory, social and emotional cues” dictates behaviors as much as rational thought. Neuroscience also reveals the “intelligence of the body”: the ways parts of the body like the heart and gut process stimuli ...

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